Feb. 2, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 10
On the high-tech road
A group of 19 Carroll Graduate School of Management students spent a good part of their recent semester break perusing eBay, enjoying Starbucks and searching Google - right at the source, that is.
The students, along with Prof. John Gallaugher (CSOM), were part of CGSOM's second annual "TechTrek" program, a 12-day visit to three West Coast cities where they met with top-echelon managers of 25 high-tech and innovative businesses while picking up three MBA credits and a wealth of insight into today's "hot" companies.
"I think that we are doing something that is pretty unique," says Gallaugher. "We have modeled this after our international management experience program, so we already had a framework for setting up a program where students do research in advance and combine that with the field study where they get to meet senior executives. Afterwards, they do reflections and a paper in a learning journal. It's a serious and rigorous academic course.
"We find that there is more learning value for our students to meet with an individual executive or groups of executives back-to-back at a firm where they give a presentation, our students get extended question-and-answer time and we do a facilities tour. You learn a lot and perhaps get an inside edge."
On this year's "TechTrek," Boston College's MBA candidates got to meet with CEOs, vice-presidents and venture capital partners at a wide range of corporate headquarters, from Seattle-based Boeing Co., Nintendo and Starbucks to Palo Alto's eBay, Google and Yahoo.
"We do a few start-ups, too," adds Gallaugher. "We'll sometimes get a company that people haven't heard of before and the entrepreneurs are so passionate and doing things that are very exciting that the students inevitably walk away saying 'Wow, I thought that was as interesting as our trip to Yahoo' or one of the other major firms."
The success of "TechTrek" stems in part from the involvement of many Boston College alumni on the corporate side, says Gallaugher, such as Apple Computers' executive Phil Schiller '82, who gave the group a backstage look at the MacWorld convention in San Francisco. "It's so inspiring for our students to see alumni managers and CEOs. They think, 'They sat in the very same seats I sit in at Fulton Hall and if I work hard, that's my trajectory, that's my legacy. The alumni love to be reconnected to the students as well."
Gallaugher, who is planning a shorter version of "TechTrek" for 21 selected undergraduates over spring break, adds, "I always tell the students that it's not going to be a 'pocket-protector trip' - it really about the business of technology."
Taking the GenPulse
A Web site designed by Boston College students and faculty to provide a forum for adolescents displaced by Hurricane Katrina is now up and running.
The site, called GenerationPulse, features writings and art from adolescents affected by Katrina. By providing a safe online community, GenerationPulse invites young people to exchange experiences that shape their lives, and to reach out to displaced and disenfranchised youth.
Asst. Prof. Belle Liang (LSOE), who spearheaded the project, said the site has so far received more than 150 submissions from students, and she hopes to get many more. GenerationPulse is offering prizes, including iPods, cameras and gift certificates, to those who produce the best submissions.
A unique partnership between GenerationPulse and two New Orleans schools will add content to the site in the form of student photojournals. Using money from a grant award, GenerationPulse purchased digital cameras for the schools. In turn, the schools have recruited several students to document what it is like to go back to the classroom following the disaster.
"Every week, these students will contribute a journal entry with a photo that illustrates some aspect of their experience that they want the world to know about," said Liang.
Boston College's recently established Jewish Studies Program will launch its inaugural literature series this Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. in Gasson 100 with a salon-style discussion featuring a bevy of BC faculty authors.
Panelists for "Jewish Literature: Its Nature and Place in World Culture" will include the program's co-directors, professors Dwayne Carpenter (Romance Languages) - who has written on such subjects as the legal status of Jews in medieval Spain - and Maxim D. Shrayer, chairman of the Slavic and Eastern Languages Department, whose works have focused on the Russian-Jewish experience.
Also on hand will be Prof. Elizabeth Graver (English), author of critically acclaimed books such as Awake and The Honey Thief; Women's Studies Program Director Assoc. Prof. Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks (English), an expert on post-colonialism; Arabic studies specialist Asst. Prof. Franck Salameh (Slavic and Eastern Languages); and part-time faculty member Rifat Sonsino (Theology), rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham.
Moderating the discussion will be Executive Director of Marketing Communications and Special Assistant to the President Ben Birnbaum, publisher of poetry, essays and fiction in several anthologies.
Upcoming events in the Jewish Studies literature series include lectures on Jewish writers in Latin America and on the efforts of Soviet Jews to document Nazi atrocities in the USSR during World War II.
"I'm delighted that, less than six months since the launch of our program, Boston College has gained a notable place on the map of Jewish culture," said Shrayer, who will appear with his father, David Shrayer-Petrov, at a May 2 "Writers Among Us" event.
Carpenter said that "As 'people of the book,' Jews have always been deeply involved in literature, written and oral, sacred and profane. The spring salon highlights the extraordinary diversity that characterizes this literary and linguistic expression, at the same time that it seeks to answer the question: What is 'Jewish' about Jewish literature?"
For more information on Jewish Studies Program events, see www.bc.edu/schools/cas/jewish/news/.
Boston College men's hockey fans should expect to see Head Coach Jerry York '67 behind the bench for a while longer. He recently received a contract extension that will keep him in his current position through the 2010-11 season.
"We're very fortunate to have Jerry York here at BC and we're all very excited that he will continue to lead our hockey program," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "Jerry is the best hockey coach in the country and the young people that play for Jerry become the very best student-athletes they can be."
Since accepting the head coaching position at BC in 1994, York (272-148-40 record at BC) has guided the Eagles to numerous achievements, including the 2001 national championship, five Frozen Four appearances, four Hockey East tournament titles and four Hockey East regular-season titles. He is also college hockey's third all-time winningest head coach, and first among Division I active coaches, with 739 wins.
For more on York, see bceagles.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/012306aaa.html. •